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When you suddenly become 'internet famous'

8/10/2018
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What happens when you become famous for the sake of being famous? This novel explores the modern obsession with fame.

Duration:00:01:53

A look at the history of Canada's residential schools

8/3/2018
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Bookseller Mara Panich-Crouch recommends a novel about the experiences of an Ojibwe boy caught in Canada's residential school system.

Duration:00:01:46

Take this book on your next picnic, and hope for rain

7/27/2018
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Bookseller Rebecca Dowling recommends the perfect book for a family picnic.

Duration:00:01:39

Twist alert: Here's the 'perfect mystery for summer'

7/20/2018
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Bookseller Aubrey Restifo recommends a young adult page-turner about a teenage girl who goes missing — and her best friend who won't stop looking.

Duration:00:01:50

Historical fiction and magical realism meet in Alaska

7/13/2018
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"There are just so many elements to this book that make it so satisfying and so delicious and so worth reading over and over again, that it's just ruined me," says bookseller Charlotte Glover.

Duration:00:01:48

Tommy Orange on the lives of urban Native Americans

7/11/2018
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Tommy Orange's debut novel is a "must-read of the summer," according to MPR News host Kerri Miller. She spoke to Orange about why he chose to write about urban Native Americans.

Duration:00:36:41

This novel is 'a thinker's summer read'

7/6/2018
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Bookseller Melissa DeMotte says Anthony Horowitz styles his mysteries like Agatha Christie -- but he takes it up a notch.

Duration:00:01:30

Author Kevin Powers on the literature of war

7/5/2018
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Author and Iraq war veteran Kevin Powers takes readers back to Civil War America in his new novel. It's a bleak look at the inhumanity and fallout of war.

Duration:00:42:17

Robin Diangelo on why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism

7/5/2018
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In a new book, writer and speaker Robin DiAngelo provides history and context to explain why many white people react emotionally and defensively when confronted with issues of race.

Duration:00:50:40

Scouting wildflowers in Minnesota's prairie

7/5/2018
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With summer in full swing, it's a great time to get out and see Minnesota's wildflowers in bloom — especially on the prairie. Wildflower guide authors Phyllis Root and Kelly Povo have tips on some prime places to find them.

Duration:00:03:03

In Sauk Centre, moving 'Main Street' to Main Street

7/2/2018
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Nearly 100 years after the publication of "Main Street," a group of residents is working to preserve Nobel Prize-winning writer Sinclair Lewis' place in the town's history.

Duration:00:05:36

'The writing is just electric': A bookseller on his favorite read of the year

6/29/2018
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Bookseller Matt Keliher raves about a debut novel he considers the best book of the year.

Duration:00:01:20

The big summer book show: What to read in 2018

6/20/2018
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Looking for a way to spend those long summer hours? Check out this collection of adventurous summer reads.

Duration:00:49:08

Thread Book Hour: U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith

6/14/2018
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Since getting the job in 2017, Smith has been on a mission to take her poetry on the road, visiting rural areas where most writers aren't expected to go.

Duration:00:10:10

The stress of a shepherd's life, and other Somali stories

6/11/2018
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The Minnesota writer Ahmed Ismail Yusuf hopes the tales in his book, "The Lion's Binding Oath," will promote understanding about his Somali homeland.

Duration:00:04:22

How family trauma can be both devastating and transformative

6/7/2018
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Poet Gregorgy Pardlo's new memoir, "Air Traffic," tells the story of how his family transformed after his father lost his job and descended into chaos.

Duration:00:49:06

What it took to get to Pluto

6/5/2018
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NASA launched the New Horizons mission to Pluto in January 2006. It was a long-anticipated project that almost didn't happen.

Duration:00:42:42

Recipes for a good story

6/1/2018
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Rick Bragg's new book is filled with family recipes -- but the stories behind those recipes are the main event.

Duration:00:01:58

Americans say government is broken. Can it be fixed?

5/30/2018
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Journalist Steven Brill wanted to find out why so many Americans have lost faith in their government. What he discovered fills "Tailspin: The People and Forces Behind America's Fifty-Year Fall — and Those Fighting to Reverse It."

Duration:00:49:46

Thread Book Hour: Arundhati Roy

5/29/2018
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Kerri Miller interviews Man Booker Award winning author Arundhati Roy.

Duration:00:48:53